The Hawaii Center for AIDS (HICFA) announces an official collaboration with the Philippine General Hospital, University of the Philippines (UP). The Philippines is currently experiencing the highest HIV infection growth rate in the Asia-Pacific region. We are expanding to the Philippines to study this vulnerable population.


From left to right:
Kenneth Bongulto (lab tech), Jerome Villena (research assistant), Concepcion Ang (head of the research lab), Dr. Christian Francisco (project leader, Philippines), Dr. Marissa Alejandria (Principal Investigator, Philippines), Dr. Cecilia Shikuma (Principal Investigator, Univ. of Hawaii), Dr. Louie Mar Gangcuangco (Research Liaison), and Scott Bowler (Univ of Hawaiʻi)

Ms. Conception Ang (head of UP’s research lab) and our Graduate Student, Scott Bowler, trains the Philippines site in blood processing techniques. Scott also partakes in Philippine customs in a traditional bamboo dancing event.